Confidence in the local police
- 1. Navigate toMain facts and figures section
- 2. Navigate toThings you need to know section
- 3. Navigate toBy ethnicity over time section
- 4. Navigate toBy ethnicity and gender section
- 5. Navigate toBy ethnicity and age section
- 6. Navigate toBy ethnicity and socio-economic group section
- 7. Navigate toData sources section
- 8. Navigate toDownload the data section
1. Main facts and figures
- in the year ending March 2020, 74% of people aged 16 and over in England and Wales said they had confidence in their local police
- in every year shown, a lower percentage of Black Caribbean people had confidence in their local police than White British people
- in the 3 years from April 2017 to March 2020, a higher percentage of people in the Asian, White, and Other ethnic groups had confidence in their local police than Black people
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
This data shows the percentage of people aged 16 and over who said they had confidence in their local police.
Estimates in the charts and tables are given to the nearest whole number.
Not included in the data
The survey does not include:
- people living in communal establishments, such as care homes, university accommodation and prisons
- crimes against commercial or public sector bodies
Estimates based on fewer than 50 respondents are not shown because they are not reliable.
The ethnic groups used in the data
Elsewhere, data is shown for 5 aggregated groups:
This means estimates are shown for these groups as a whole. This is because the number of people surveyed was too small to make any reliable conclusions about any of the 18 ethnic groups.
The data does not include people whose ethnicity was not known.
Read the detailed methodology document for the data on this page.
In the analyses by ethnicity with gender, age and socio-economic group, data for the 3 years April 2017 to March 2020 has been combined to make sure estimates are reliable. You can read more about combining multiple years of data and some of the issues involved.
The figures on this page are based on survey data. Find out more about:
- interpreting survey data, including how reliability is affected by the number of people surveyed
- how weighting is used to make survey data more representative of the whole group being studied
In the data file
See Download the data for:
- estimates rounded to 1 decimal place
- estimates for the most recent 3-year period by police force area
- confidence intervals – read how we use confidence intervals to judge the reliability of survey estimates
3. By ethnicity over time
|Ethnicity||2013/14 %||2013/14 Sample size||2014/15 %||2014/15 Sample size||2015/16 %||2015/16 Sample size||2016/17 %||2016/17 Sample size||2017/18 %||2017/18 Sample size||2018/19 %||2018/19 Sample size||2019/20 %||2019/20 Sample size|
|Black other||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||45||65||57||62||61||69||77||82||61||61||60||62||68|
|Mixed White/Black African||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||46||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||44||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||44||76||56||81||61||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||48||74||55|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||69||118||68||98||66||132||59||120||67||120||58||122||66||123|
|White Gypsy/Traveller||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||12||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||10||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||15||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||21||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||15||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||10||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||11|
Summary of Confidence in the local police By ethnicity over time Summary
4. By ethnicity and gender
|Ethnicity||All %||All Sample size||Men %||Men Sample size||Women %||Women Sample size|
Summary of Confidence in the local police By ethnicity and gender Summary
5. By ethnicity and age
|Age||Asian %||Asian Sample size||Black %||Black Sample size||Mixed %||Mixed Sample size||White %||White Sample size||Other %||Other Sample size|
|65-74||84||336||73||128||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||39||74||11,625||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||35|
|75+||85||202||76||125||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||19||82||10,766||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||21|
Summary of Confidence in the local police By ethnicity and age Summary
6. By ethnicity and socio-economic group
|Socio-economic classification||Asian %||Asian Sample size||Black %||Black Sample size||Mixed %||Mixed Sample size||White %||White Sample size||Other %||Other Sample size|
|Managerial and professional occupations||77||1,667||69||603||69||285||78||25,860||77||197|
|Routine and manual occupations||80||1,222||75||773||67||228||74||22,784||76||182|
|Never worked and long-term unemployed||86||540||72||139||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||37||71||1,608||83||81|
|Full time students||77||350||65||151||76||94||83||1,702||78||85|
|Not classified||74||70||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||37||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||9||72||567||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||8|
Summary of Confidence in the local police By ethnicity and socio-economic group Summary
7. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Office for National Statistics
Purpose of data source
The main aims of the Crime Survey for England and Wales are to:
- measure people's experience of crime
- give reliable estimates about changes over time
The survey does not include all crimes. It excludes 'victimless' crimes (like possession of drugs) and crimes that victims cannot report (like murder).
The survey aims to give a clearer picture of the extent of crime than police statistics. It can do this by including crimes that are not reported to the police or recorded by them.
It can also provide a better indicator of long-term trends because it is not affected by changes in how crimes are reported or recorded.
8. Download the data
This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, gender, age, socio-economic status, police force area, value, standard error, confidence intervals (upper bound, lower bound)